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Ronald Barrett dies at 66; studied blacks' views of death and dying

Ronald Barrett dies at 66; studied blacks' views of death and dying

When his mother was dying in a hospital critical care unit, Ronald Barrett — a Loyola Marymount psychology professor specializing in African American death and dying issues — was told that she could have only two visitors at a time. It's a common rule, but one that Barrett believed insulted many African American families who feel it's extremely important to gather in large numbers when a relative is near death. He bristled at the edict. "I decided to pay it no mind," he said in a 2002 interview with the Journal of Palliative Medicine. "I am tremendously grateful to the evening nursing staff for their sensitivity in allowing a collective of about 20...

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